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Attitudes of psychologists and nurses toward suicide and suicide prevention in Ghana: a qualitative study

Summary of Article , 2011

Perceptions about suicide and suicide victims differ among healthcare workers, a situation which could affect their service to suicide victims. This study sought to understand attitudes of health professionals towards suicid and its prevention in an urban area in Ghana. Informants, comprising of psychologists and emergency ward nurses were interviewed using a semi structured guide. The psychologists saw suicide as a mental health issue and suggested an empathic view of suicidal persons. The nurses held a moralistic attitude and perceived suicide as a crime. The differences in attitudes were suggested to be influenced by factors including religious values, educational level and clinical experience with suicidal persons.

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